Apple opposes European Union plans to set new rules in digital commerce. The company warns of negative consequences for consumers. For example, the iPhone manufacturer has criticized the fact that it will have to allow other app stores to sell its products. This will seriously affect the security and privacy of users, Apple said in a document published on Wednesday.
Among other things, the company states that all apps and updates on its platform are screened to filter out fraudulent apps. In addition, developers must comply with Apple’s data protection guidelines. Apple confirms that these security measures do not apply to so-called “sideloading”, where apps are downloaded to the iPhone from sources other than the official store.
The company also warns that users will be more vulnerable. On the other hand, because some apps will then only be available through sources other than the App Store and on the other hand, because criminals will be more inclined to attack the iPhone because of the new situation.
In the document, Apple does not directly refer to the Digital Markets Act (DMA) that the European Commission is planning, but CEO Tim Cook did so in an interview at the Vivatech tech conference a few days ago. Then he said the rules would force “sideloading” on the iPhone. “As we can see, this would invalidate the security of the iPhone and many of the privacy initiatives we’ve put in place in the App Store,” he said.
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